WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Italian Wine Scholar study and certification program, modeled after the industry-acclaimed French Wine Scholar program (launched in 2009), celebrates the enrollment of its 1000th student since the program's launch in 2016.
WSG has broken down the course into two manageable chunks: Unit 1 - Wines of Northern Italy & Unit 2: Wines of Central & Southern Italy. Each Italian wine region is covered with regards to history, geography, climate, topography, soils, grapes and appellations.
A composite score of 75% on Unit 1 and Unit 2 exams is required for candidates to earn the Italian Wine Scholar title and IWS post-nominal. The program is available both in distance-learning and classroom format. Classes are held at one of the 50+ WSG approved program providers located in 20+ countries on 5 continents.
"Students are composed of wine professionals and enthusiasts, all committed students of wine, who have already completed more general wine study programs and wish to gain deeper understanding of the wines of Italy," states IWS Education Director Maurizio Broggi, "These students come from over 25 countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Australia, France… and Italy!"
"Many have WSET level 3 under their belt and choose IWS for its depth and academic rigor as well as its regional, i.e. terroir approach. We are firm believers in the importance of approaching wine, especially from France, Italy or Spain, based on location. This brings a much more complete educational package to the table than simply studying grapes or wine styles," states Julien Camus, founder of the Wine Scholar Guild, "Place tells you so much more!"
The Italian Wine Scholar program is officially endorsed by the Italian Trade Commission and by various Italian consortia. It has also received wine industry kudos from Italian authorities including Nicholas Belfrage MW, Peter Marks MW and Jeannie Cho Lee MW and many others.
About the Wine Scholar Guild: The Wine Scholar Guild provides specialization study & certification programs for the professional development of wine industry members and committed students of wine. Fields of study include French, Italian and Spanish wines.